Oh, baby. Women have dealt with a lot in the business world, from pay gaps to harassment. But when it comes to raising another human being, that’s the mother of all jobs. Yet there is no acknowledgement on a resume; instead, women are left with gaps in their work history once trying to return to the economy.
So just in time for Mother’s Day, New York creative agency Mother has launched The Pregnancy Pause, a new program to de-stigmatize the concept of maternity leave. As Mother says, “whether it’s 12 weeks or 12 years, it’s not a vacation.” The Pregnancy Pause assists both mothers re-entering the workplace and educate employers on the real roles of moms. The goal of The Pregnancy Pause is to change maternity leave policies among American companies– many of which are only 12 weeks unpaid leave.
Mother Chief Creative Officer, Corinna Falusi, perfectly summarized the purpose of The Pregnancy Pause. “New mothers in the U.S. often feel forced to quit their jobs due to a lack of adequate maternity leave policies, which leaves them penalized for the subsequent gaps in their resumes,” Falusi said, a mother herself. “We wanted to give working mothers in the U.S. a simple tool, and make it easier for them to own maternity leave as the full-time job it truly is.”
The Pregnancy Pause is listed as a company on LinkedIn, appearing on members’ online resumes. It asks for women to input their experience as a mother, listing their qualifications and skills learned. A downloadable kit for women include sample resumes listing “Mom” as a job title, and even includes The Pregnancy Pause reference number for employers with any questions.
The Pregnancy Pause explains the gap in resumes that can deter employers from hiring mothers. “The only reason anybody should have a gap in their resume is if they’re quitting their job to pursue a dream like finally starting a death metal band, travel the world to pitch that new app idea of yours or [something] similar. Not for choosing to have children,” Mother Creative Director Erik Norin said.
So if you are being celebrated tomorrow–as all mothers should be–carry it year-round with this inspiring career tool for working women, and press play instead of pause.